We hold mainly paper based records, with some small artefacts. Our main catalogue lists items such as photographs, manuscripts, books, ephemera and loose newspaper cuttings.
It is accessed through the Whitehorse Manningham Regional Library website, is updated quarterly, and is combined with the catalogue of the Doncaster & Templestowe, Warrandyte and Whitehorse historical societies. Go to
We also hold an extensive collection of ratebooks, some of which are on microfiche. There is a card index to them for the period 1863-1888. It is not available online. We have indexed the Rate Valuation Books for 1947-1953. Click Here to access this database. We have commenced the huge task of indexing the later rate valuation books, for the period 1954-1984, and have completed some 14 of the 70+ books, for streets beginning with A-L in East Ward. The index of over 13,000 names can be viewed here: RATEBOOKS NEW
NEWSPAPER SCRAPBOOKS AND OTHER INDEXES
We hold an extensive collection of newspaper scrapbooks, from a variety of newspapers, from 1947 – 1990s. We also hold various other letter books, including carbon copies of personal letters sent by the Town Clerk from the 1960s to the 1980s. To date we have indexed 24 books, comprising nearly 16,000 entries.
Click here for Scrapbook Index A-K
Click here for Scrapbook Index L-Z
As part of our Heritage Week program for 2019, we researched the outbreak of the1919 flu pandemic in the Shire of Nunawading and compiled a listing of residents diagnosed with influenza during the 1919 pandemic. The information is taken from Council correspondence files. This index can be seen here: INFLUENZA CASES 1919.
We have compiled an index to the business registration forms found within Council correspondence files for the period 1914 to Jan 1927, the period for which Box Hill was part of the Parish of Nunawading. This index can be seen here: BUSINESS REGISTRATIONS
Our first index for 2020 is of Council employees from the period 1862 to 1927. The basis of the index was a list compiled many years ago, which recorded employees and sometimes gave their salaries. To this we have added names and details of other employees and of applicants for employment, found in Council correspondence files from 1914 (the earliest surviving) to 1927. This index can be seen here: COUNCIL EMPLOYEES
We have also indexed the three Property Sales Registers we hold for Box Hill, Burwood, and Surrey Hills, and which cover the period 1922 to 1926. These registers record the vendor, the location of the land, the purchaser and their address and the date of purchase. Click here for the Property Sales Register Use the ‘Control and F keys to search the document.
In September 1939 the State Emergency Council requested all municipal Councils to establish ‘some machinery for protecting the civilian population in cases of emergency’, ie war and/or invasion. The Society holds a unique set of cards, detailing locals who volunteered to be part of this service; an index to this material is now available here: Box Hill Emergency Council
While we encourage visits to our Rooms to view our records, we can provide scanned images upon request of anything found in our online catalogue and indexes. Click Here to get details of our charges and payment methods.
DONATING HISTORICAL ITEMS
We are always interested in adding items to our collection and welcome donations of items which are:
- a paper-based or digital format
- relevant to the history of our area (Box Hill, Box Hill North & South, Mont Albert North,
Burwood and the part of Surrey Hills in Whitehorse)
We also collect small museum items, such as badges, which are particularly relevant to the Box Hill area.
Please contact the Archivist regarding donations.